Dodge County Discussing Possible Rule Changes To Budget Process

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee discussed possible changes to the rules that govern the county board Monday. Supervisor Joseph Marsik says his measure would require any written amendments to the annual budget be submitted to the county board chair, administrator, the finance director and affected department head at least 14 calendar days before the board votes on the document at their November meeting. The amendments must also include a specific amount and identify the department program, project, service or position being affected. The rule addition also cited that amendments could still be brought forth during the November meeting but would require a two-thirds majority to pass. Currently, only a simple majority is needed. Marsik says the process for making amendment changes to the budget needs to be more transparent and not done by ambush. He says usually the only person who knows what is really happening with an amendment change is the individual bringing it forward and supervisors do not have the time to review the amendment or speak with department heads. Other supervisors on the executive committee and in attendance said the rule addition would be utilized as a surveillance tool and was micromanaging. Supervisor Kira Sheahan-Malloy says she could not support changing the vote to two-thirds majority. Following talks, the two-thirds majority vote was removed from the drafted rule change and supervisors would only be encouraged – not required – to submit their amendments ahead of time. The county board is expected to vote on the rule change during their meeting in March.